Rev. Barnaby’s homily looked at main themes from pre-Covid Christmases and ask what comes next; lots of special music.
Access the live service on Zoom by clicking on https://www.zoom.us/my/cvuusservice at 5:30 pm on the 24th.
or watch on YouTube, same time
Order of Service
Welcome Rev. Barnaby Feder
Musical Prelude Luke 2:1-7, read by Kate Gridley and Stille, Stille, Stille German carol, Trad. Kate Gridley, piano, and Amy Mason, flute
Call to Worship Matthew 1: 18-23 Rev. Barnaby
O Come, O Come Emmanuel sung by Kiena Williams
Lighting the Chalice Rev. Barnaby and Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration
We come together once more to hear an ancient story
With fresh ears and open hearts:
The story of Love born and reborn among us,
Delivered by strangers in need of shelter
To that spirit in each of us which prays for grace,
Clings to hope and longs to blossom.
Anthem Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming by Michael Praetorius, words trans. sung by CVUUS Choir, Lucy Tenenbaum, dir.; compiled for Zoom by Eric Maier
Reading Luke 1:26-38 Fernanda Canales
Reading and Music – Magnificat words by Lynn Ungar, music Margie Bekoff, read by Esther Thomas, harp Margie Bekoff
Reading Luke 2:8-20 Heidi Sulis and Rev. Barnaby
Hymn God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Trad. sung by Kenneth Hartman
Offering In the Bleak Midwinter Variations
As is our tradition, our Christmas Eve donations will go to Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Our donee has been creating, administering, and working with diverse anti-poverty programs in Addison County for over 50 years.
Song Mary’s Boy Child by Jester Hairston, sung by Francois S. Clemmons; music Kate Gridley
Reading Matthew 2:1-12 Becky Strum
Homily Christmas Future Rev. Barnaby Feder
Lighting of Candles The Congregation
Hymn Silent Night
Benediction Rev. Barnaby
Postlude We Wish You a Merry Christmas Chuck Miller
Thanks to our “Stream Team” Richard Hopkins and Rich Wolfson, our readers, our wonderful performers including the CVUUS Choir and all our attendees.
Christmas Morning Zoom Coffee Hour
Our social hour was at 9 am Christmas morning for gentle visiting, especially for those alone on this day. Those from other Vermont congregations were invited.